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Understanding Title IX and your child’s rights in college

On Behalf of | May 31, 2023 | Criminal Defense

As a parent, protecting your child’s rights in college is of utmost importance. One crucial aspect of these rights pertains to Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. But how can you tell if your child’s college is violating these rights?

Title IX, part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, protects students from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity that receives federal funding. It covers several areas, including athletics, sexual harassment and admission processes. A violation of Title IX could occur in many ways. For example, if your child faces sexual harassment or assault and the school fails to take adequate steps to address the issue, this could constitute a violation. Other instances could include unfair treatment in sports opportunities or scholarships based on sex.

Sexual harassment and assault

Colleges must take sexual harassment and assault claims seriously. By law, they have procedures in place for handling such claims and taking corrective action when necessary. If a school dismisses your child’s complaint or does not take appropriate steps in response, they may be in violation of Title IX.

Inequity in sports and academic programs

Title IX ensures equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their sex, in all aspects of college life. If a college favors one sex over another in offering sports scholarships or in providing resources and support for certain academic programs, it may be in violation of Title IX.

If you believe your child’s rights under Title IX are being violated, it is important to bring the issue to the school’s attention. Each school should have a Title IX coordinator who handles these matters. If the school fails to address the issue, you can also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Protecting your child’s rights in college is paramount. Understanding Title IX can empower you to recognize and address any potential violations at your child’s school. If your child experiences sex discrimination in any form, you should take immediate action to ensure the school addresses the situation appropriately and upholds the rights and protections offered by Title IX.